Centrism / Cosmopolitanism / Culture / Philosophy


„Centrism“ (as in Euro-Centrism) can be viewed as a mistake in the representation of knowledge. Subjects that should be on the same level of a classification are put on different levels. For example, the Wikipedia article on musical notation, in its present form (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Musical_notation&oldid=663167583) has a subsection about “Modern Staf Notation” and on the same … Continue reading

Aesthetics / Africa / Centrism / Cosmopolitanism / Music / Quality

Is Music the “Universal Language of Mankind”?

Sometimes you can hear or read that “music is the universal language of mankind”. While this may sound plausible, I think it is wrong. My wanderings through different musical traditions of different times and parts of the world have taught me that there actually many different musical languages. If you hear music from a totally … Continue reading

Africa / Anthropology / Centrism / Cosmopolitanism / Education / Ethics / History / Ideology / Politics / Racism / Recommended books

Strange Concepts and Terms 1: “Tribe“ and “Tribal”

The age of colonialism and the age of racism have left some strange concepts to us. While scholars are now increasingly avoiding them (to a differing degree) due to a paradigm shift that happened in disciplines like cultural anthropology during the 1970s and 1980s, many of these concepts are still floating around in the heads … Continue reading

as if / Centrism / Politics


On the wordpress stats page, a map is shown to visualize views to your blog by country. A nice idea, but the WordPress developers have used the Mercator projection. Here you see how a map in this projection looks like: This kind of map has certain advantages for navigation (I don’t want to go into those … Continue reading